The Roxboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority held its annual Fun and Games book drive Saturday, June 1 at Harris Gardens. The day involved youth from the areas of the nearby communities. With about 30 children and many of their parents in attendance, the children were able to visit various stations, from face painting, tattoos, bracelet making, coloring, bubbles, hula hoop, jump rope, books-to-go and lunch-to-go. The chapter holds this event each year as school closes. This is catered to keeping the children reading during the summer in an effort to help keep them at or above grade level for their reading level. The children were able to choose five books of their choice with the fun and games being a bonus. The chapter was happy that more than 150 books were taken to new homes.
This book drive was a part of the Chapter’s May Week which was held May 5-11. Many of the books were collected during that time and each member of the chapter donated a host of all levels of books that could be enjoyed by all. The choices ranged from ABC books and Dr. Seuss books to non-fiction books and others. Chapter members liked seeing the excitement on the attendees’ faces. Upon entering each child received a coupon that was used as their ticket to visit each station. They received bag lunch; a hotdog, chips and a Capri Sun.
The sorority’s goal is to keep the children reading during the summer in hopes of increasing their reading comprehension as they progress to the next grade level. Literacy is a key topic that has been discussed for years. The trends that exist and bridging the gap on literacy have been a point of focus in North Carolina. This book drive is an initiative that will be continued by the Roxboro Alumnae Chapter as a way to partner with the community.
The chapter has had an organized presence in Roxboro since March 28, 1981 and its purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The chairperson of this event was Dr. Michelle Furges and Anita Tapp is currently serving as president of the Roxboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.